System analysis of transport solutions for green hydrogen (TransHyDE)

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project duration: Mid 2021 - 31.03.2025

Cooperation: VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI) | BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Department of Energy Economics (BTU | DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V. (DEC | DVGW Research Centre at the Engler-Bunte Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (DVGW) | Energy Systems Analysis Associates - ESA² GmbH (ESA2 | Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft e.V. (FfEeV) | Forschungsgesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft mbH (FfEmbH | Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy (IEG | Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE | Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) | Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) | Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Hydrogen Technologies Business Unit | Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) | Fraunhofer SCAI | Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (HBRS) | Hüttentechnische Vereinigung der Deutschen Glasindustrie e. V. (HVG) | Institute for Future Energy and Material Flow Systems (IZES gGmbH) (IZES) | Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) | Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH (SZMF) | TU Berlin, Department of Energy and Resource Management (TUB E&R) | University of Kassel, Department of Energy Management and Operation of Electrical Networks (UKA) | VNG AG (VNG)

Associated partners: 50Hertz Transmission GmbH (50Hertz) | Gasunie (Gasunie) | GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH (GRTgaz) | NET4GAS, s.r.o. (NET4GAS) | Nowega GmbH (Nowega) | ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH (ONTRAS) | RWE Generation (and RWE Renewables) (RWE) | TenneT TSO GmbH (TenneT) | VDZ Technology gGmbH (VDZ).

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Germany's leading hydrogen projects:

What is the goal of TransHyDE?

Without a suitable transport infrastructure, the hydrogen economy cannot function. Solutions other than gas pipelines are needed, especially for imports.

There are many ideas for this - but it is unclear which solution is suitable for which application and how these are best combined.

The lead project TransHyDE is therefore developing, evaluating and demonstrating several technologies for hydrogen transport.

What is TransHyDE-SYS?

TransHyDE-Sys is a system analysis project and a collaborative project within the TransHyDE technology platform. In addition to the system analysis, implementation and research projects on H2 transport also exist within the technology platform. As a cross-sectional project, the system analysis performs a special function: On the one hand, essential system knowledge for the time-dependent construction and coupling of energy infrastructures is generated with the help of in-house modeling and simulation work as well as ecological analyses. On the other hand, observations, analyses and requirements of the implementation and research projects will be taken up and compared with existing knowledge and classified in an overarching manner.

What is the contribution of BTU? (Department of Energy Economics)

The project group BTU (Department of Energy Economics), is responsible for placing Europe in the global context. The goal of our work is to estimate hydrogen import potentials available for the EU in the medium and long term and the cost on the EU Borders.

This task requires scientific rigor, as the future evolution of hydrogen supply and demand on a global scale is highly uncertain. Supply chain costs and political momentum for hydrogen will be the main drivers for the development of the global hydrogen market in the coming decade. The future trading relationships of hydrogen exporting and importing countries could be influenced, for example, by end-user gas demand, by major investments in hydrogen transport infrastructure, or, for example, by the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles. Therefore, the BTU team supports the TransHyDE-Sys network by analyzing the global hydrogen market model with the aim of simulating these complex interdependencies.